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CE Workshop: Supporting Resilience for Children Born Extremely Premature
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 Export to Your Calendar 11/22/2019
When: Friday, November 22, 2019
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Sheena L. Carter, PhD; Angela Leon-Hernandez, MD; and Kathi Frankel, MS
Contact: Hannah Steinberg, Marketing Specialist and Administrator

Online registration is available until: 11/22/2019
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Workshop Title: Supporting Resilience for Children Born Extremely Premature 


Workshop Description: 

Long-term sequelae of extreme prematurity include serious psychosocial and neurodevelopmental morbidities; yet many children recover and thrive. This workshop details the challenges of supporting emotional development while providing the intensive neonatal medical care necessary for survival. We will focus on the vital role of the parent-child relationship during and after the NICU in promoting resilience, emphasizing interventions that support parent-child co-regulation.  We will discuss implications for working with these children and their families through young adulthood.  Special consideration will be given to diversity issues related to risks associated with prematurity, including maternal mental and physical health, socioeconomic factors, and race.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe medical conditions most likely to impact developmental outcomes for infants after discharge from Neonatal Intensive Care.
  2.  State the most important factor influencing both neonatal health and long-term outcome.
  3. Discuss specific ways caregivers can be supported in making sure emotional needs are met post-discharge.
  4. Identify empirically validated interventions relevant for addressing common sequelae of prematurity.


      CE Hours: 3 


      Level: Intermediate


      About the Presenters:

      Sheena L. Carter, PhD
      Dr. Carter is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics with Emory University School of Medicine. Developmental Progress Clinic. She is a licensed psychologist
      specializing in infant development.  She has more than 25 years of experience with multidisciplinary follow-up of medically risk infants from hospital discharge to school age. She is the lead psychologist with the Emory Regional Perinatal Center and provides consultation to parents and medical professionals regarding optimal support for behavioral and emotional development for these children as they develop.  She has led workshops on supporting the optimal development of children after NICU discharge and helps to organize an annual training conference for early intervention providers.  She participates in the education of Pediatric Residents and Neonatology Fellows and regularly lectures on developmental follow-up of medically high risk infants.  


      Angela Leon Hernandez, MD FAAP  
      Dr. Leon Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neonatology Division, with Emory University of School of Medicine. She is a neonatologist with interest and expertise in developing strategies that support emotional social and language development in children affected by early biological adversity secondary to prematurity and other neonatal conditions. She organizes an annual training conference for Babies Can’t Wait providers focusing on supporting the social and emotional needs of children born prematurely. 



      Kathi Frankel, MS
      Kathi Frankel is an Early Intervention Consultant. She has a BS in Physical Therapy and MS in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University. She is certified in the NIDCAP
      (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program) as developed by Dr. Heideliese Als and the NBAS developed by Dr T Berry Brazelton. NIDCAP is an internationally recognized evidence-based developmental care program for NICU patients, families, and NICU staff with outcomes that promote improved brain development and health. Her master of science program in educational psychology explored social interaction and cognitive development of infants and their mothers. Kathi’s role is in education and training as well as observing infant behavior and helping NICU families and staff to be attuned to the infant’s unique behaviors in the context of their family and environment to support opportunities for rest, deep sleep, emerging self-regulation, emerging socialization and infant-parent attachment.


      Registration Costs (per workshop): 

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before November 8, 2019 to receive this rate.)

      • $140: GPA Members
      • $170: Non-members
      • $50: *GPA Student Members

      Registration (After November 8, 2019)

      • $150: GPA Members
      • $180: Non-members
      • $60: *GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      *If a GPA Student Member needs continuing education credits, he/she will need to pay the higher GPA Member fee regardless of status as a student.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Hannah Steinberg via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to  November 15, 2019. No refunds will be given after November 15, 2019.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.